Best Kid-Friendly Spots for Afternoon Tea in Connecticut: Mommy and Me Tea

Mommy and me afternoon tea time in CT is fun for others too - like grandma! Photo provided by Kelly Patino
Mommy and me afternoon tea time in CT is fun for others too - like grandma! Photo provided by Kelly Patino
4/26/24 - By Kelly Patino

Tea for Two? Visit one of the many Connecticut tea houses for a special outing with your child. Whether a toddler or a teen, Mommy and me tea is timeless for a quality one-on-one occasion. Dress up in fancy dresses or keep things casual while indulging in sweet and savory food items such as scones and tea sandwiches while sipping a pot of unique tea. Hot or iced, fruity or traditional, a cup of tea makes everything homey and memorable. 

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Image of child with tea - Mommy and Me Tea Places in CT 
Sipping on cotton candy tea is delicious at Tea with Tracy in Oxford. 

Mommy and Me Afternoon Tea - New Haven County

1. Tea with Tracy - Oxford and Seymour

Tea with Tracy is a great option for all ages, with a menu beyond the typical egg salad sandwiches spread. The Oxford location offers breakfast (my favorite) and a kid-friendly lunch. My 3-year-old daughter talks about the birthday pancakes daily—and, yes, they are really worth it. Want a true afternoon tea? Then head to the Seymour location for tea sandwiches, scones, and more. Tea with Tracy has a massive variety of teas with specials flavors for little ones such as Cotton Candy, Bubblegum, and Fairy Tales Teas. Both locations can host private tea parties for birthdays or special occasions. See the store's website for packages per location. 

2. Open Door Tea - Stratford 

Known for their yummy food and huge selection of tea, Open Door Tea makes you and your children feel warm and welcome in their cozy cafe. Vegan and gluten-free options are available. High tea experience is offered by reservation only with one week's notice for parties of 3 - 18 people. This includes tiered finger foods and tea selected by a tea curator, all for $35 per person. More than 20 people invited to the party? Host a party in Open Door Tea's private rooms. Additionally, Open Door Tea offers virtual tea tastings! Check out their website for more information and packages. 

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London is calling for afternoon tea at Gruel Britannia in Fairfield.

Mommy and Me Tea - Fairfield County

3. Cady's Tea Room - Greenwich 

Located in the Stanton Hotel, Cady's Tea Room has afternoon tea Saturdays from 1 - 2pm only. Reservation are recommended. Afternoon tea service is $50 per person, which includes a scone, sandwich, macaroons, and tea. Enjoy your experience outside on the patio or inside.  

4. Gruel Britannia - Fairfield

Grab a fascinator and talk about the Royals while sipping tea at Gruel Britannia. Come for a charming breakfast (or lunch) with kid-friendly options like fish and chips, egg dishes, and pancakes. Sit inside or outside next to a red phone booth for a true photo op. Embrace afternoon tea as well by reservations for $36 per person.

Mommy and Me Tea - Hartford County and Eastern CT

5. Take Tea - Avon 

Serving tea in the style of Britain and Ireland, Take Tea provides a 2 hour afternoon tea experience. Enjoy jam pennies, canapes, and more, on a three tiered tray with your tea. Take Tea does follow strict rules. Only children over 12 years old allowed. Please see website for Covid vaccination requirements. 

6. The Old Mill English Tea Room - Somers

Prepare for many photos while being surrounded (and delighted) by this fully decorated English-style tea house. Choose from menu items such as queen tea sandwiches and crepes, while a cutout Queen Elizabeth watches!

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Explore the magic of an afternoon tea in Wonderland! Photo courtesy of Alice in the Village

Mommy and Me Tea - New London County 

7. Alice in the Village - Mystic

Embrace the world of Alice in Wonderland at Alice in the Village. Counter service only, so no reservation needed. Whimsical environment with ever changing Instagram worthy drinks like the Pink Flamingo. Sweet treats are available, but they do not offer a full meal. 

8. Old Lyme Inn - Old Lyme

With monthly themed tea parties, enjoy tea on Saturday's from 11:30am - 2pm at Old Lyme Inn. Upcoming themes include Springtime Garden for May. "Tweedles" can enjoy kid-friendly options. Reservations only. 

Mommy and Me Tea - Events

9. Mommy and Me Tea - Essex  

Take a 90 minute ride on Essex's Steam Train during Mother's Day Weekend while drinking tea with your child. What child doesn't love a train ride? Take the whole family for an intimate and family friendly adventure. Ticket required. Children under 2 years old, must be able to sit on lap.

10. ParTea in Bushnell Park - Hartford 

This is a free family event on Saturday, June 1st 12pm - 6pm. Dress up for a family tea party and bring your own tea setup to display in the park. RSVP for free general admission.

11. Teddy Bear Tea - Ridgefield 

The Loundsbury House hosts an annual Teddy Bear Tea in December. A holiday event with Mrs. Clause, but of course tea, scones, and your child's teddy bear. 

Tea Party Places in Connecticut

12. Sugar Plum Parties - Westport 

Host a tea party themed birthday party at Sugar Plum Parties. "A Royal Princess Tea Party" lets guest experience an afternoon tea party like a princess. 


All photos by author Kelly Patino unless otherwise indicated.